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Today, representatives from the United States, France, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia met to discuss Lebanon on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The following statement is to be attributed to the Ministers of the three countries.

Our three countries expressed their continued support for Lebanon’s sovereignty, security and stability. As the Lebanese Parliament prepares to elect a new President, we emphasize the importance of timely elections in accordance with the constitution. It is essential to elect a President who can unite the Lebanese people and work with regional and international actors to overcome the current crisis. We call for the formation of a government capable of implementing the structural and economic reforms urgently needed to address Lebanon’s political and economic crises, specifically those reforms needed to reach an agreement with the Monetary Fund International.

We are ready to work together with Lebanon to support the implementation of these fundamental reform measures, which are essential to the future prosperity, stability and security of the country. We recognize the critical role that the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces – as the legitimate defenders of Lebanon’s sovereignty and internal stability – continue to play in protecting the Lebanese people in a time of unprecedented crisis. We confirm the need for the Lebanese government to implement the provisions of United Nations Security Council resolutions 1559, 1680, 1701, 2650, and other relevant international resolutions, including those issued by the Arab League, and enter into the Taif Agreement which enabling the preservation of national unity and civil peace in Lebanon.

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